‘It wasn’t exciting playing her’ Star Trek legend Marina Sirtis on reprising iconic role

Marina Sirtis in Star Trek: The Next Generation season three

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Marina Sirtis is best remembered for playing the beloved Deanna Troi in the iconic sci-fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The actress has addressed the show’s return with fan favourite Sir Patrick Stewart (who played Captain Jean-Luc) in Star Trek: Picard.

The new show revolves around retired admiral Jean-Luc Picard and is set at the end of the 24th century.

The second season of Star Trek: Picard finished production early last month, right before the big Star Trek Day event.

Marina returned to the series in 2019 where she reprised her role as Deanna.

The 66-year-old admitted that she “wasn’t excited” about starring as her iconic character again.

She explained: “It sounds really ungracious but I think everyone was more excited than me.

“I was excited because I just missed working with my pals. We had such a good time. I don’t think that is ever going to be repeated.”

The TV star said she enjoyed being back on the set with her co-stars but added it was “not exciting”.

“But as for playing the part – I played my character for 30 years on and off,” Marina explained.

 

“It wasn’t exciting playing her but it was exciting being back on the set again and hanging out with Jonathan [Frakes] and Patrick.

“And meeting the new guys who are lovely and treat us with respect.”

Marina did not return for the second series of Star Trek: Picard but addressed reuniting with Patrick.

She remarked: “I don’t know what happened but he suddenly became a huge fan of mine.

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“Maybe it was because he hadn’t seen me act in a while.”

Marina explained that she is still in contact with all of the Star Trek actors including Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar), Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) and Gates McFadden (Dr Beverley Crusher).

The actress said that she would always remain good friends with the cast and credited them for being her support after her husband Michael Lamper’s death.

“We are absolutely friends for life,” Marina remarked.

“When my husband died they were the ones who supported me.”

She added: “The day he died, Lavar Burton [La Forge], Brent Spiner [android Data] and Michael [Dorn], all came over. Gates was brilliant.

“It was interesting because I realised when Michael died there were people who said they loved me and people who really loved me.

“My cast they didn’t just say the words, they actually came through for me. They were brilliant.”

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